Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4929: Owner, Camelia Apartment (#97525)
2bed/2bath apartment in Lucca, Tuscany North
March 15-22, 2011, 1 week
The apartment is located in the center of Lucca just off Via Fillungo, the main shopping street in town. The location was great for getting anywhere within the center or to the walls quickly and easily, but it also meant there was a fair amount of street noise.
Everything we needed was within a short walk from the apartment. We found a good bakery about two blocks away and did our grocery shopping at the SIDIS market in nearby Piazza Carmine. There are numerous restaurants, cafes, and gelaterias on Via Fillungo and around Piazza San Michele.
The entryway to the building was rather dirty and smelled moldy, but the apartment itself was clean and very spacious. A friend joined us for the first half of our stay, and there was more than enough room for the three of us. There are two large bedrooms, one of which has an en suite bathroom, and there is an additional bathroom off the living room. The kitchen and dining room are both of good size. However, the living room is narrow and very dark since it has no windows.
There is no terrace, balcony, or outdoor space.
The furniture was functional and fairly comfortable, and the apartment was clean. There was seating for four at the dining room table. The living room was a bit cramped with a day bed and a small chair, and it was very dark. There wasn't enough lighting to make up for the lack of windows, so it wasn't a pleasant room to sit and read in for any length of time.
The bedrooms were both quite big, and the beds were comfortable. The master bedroom faces the street, and there was a fair amount of noise at night and early in the morning, but this is to be expected with such a central location. The showers in both bathrooms had good water pressure, and there was plenty of hot water. The toilet in the en suite bathroom didn't always flush properly.
The kitchen was large, and there were adequate pots, pans, and utensils for preparing simple meals. However, there were no cabinets to store food in, and there were no basic provisions -- not even salt and pepper -- to get us going.
Problems or Bonuses
The apartment was a good value for the location and the amount of space, but the lack of natural light was a problem, especially since it was cold and rainy for the first few days of our stay. The apartment was chilly and dreary because of the dark rooms and cold tile floors.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner, Paolo, responded quickly to emails and was easy to deal with. He met us at the apartment when we called from the bus station (despite the fact that he had forgotten which day we were arriving!) and showed us around. The rental price was very reasonable.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
This apartment could be a good choice for a family on a budget, but we would not stay there again because it's dark and the living room isn't very comfortable.
Things to do in this area
This was our fourth stay in Lucca. We like the town a lot and enjoy rediscovering it each time we go. Because of the bad weather at the beginning of our stay, we took shorter strolls around town and on the walls than we normally do. When the weather finally cleared, we took a day trip to the Cinque Terre, which was wonderful. We had a very nice dinner at Da Francesco, near San Michele.
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